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Breanna Stewart tabbed as reserve in her first WNBA All-Star Game

Breanna Stewart tabbed as reserve in her first WNBA All-Star Game

Storm forward Breanna Stewart was chosen to play in the WNBA All-Star Game and will make her first appearance in  Saturday’s midseason classic.

The second-year standout joins teammate Sue Bird, who was voted as a starter, and is one of six Western Conference reserves chosen by league coaches. The others include: Dallas guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, Minnesota guard Seimone Augustus, Los Angeles’ guard Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles forward Nneka Ogwumike, and Phoenix center Brittney Griner.

Stewart, the near-unanimous Rookie of the Year winner last season, made the All-Star game in her first year of eligibility. The game was not held last year due to the Summer Olympics.

To nobody’s surprise, Stewart was tabbed as an All-Star reserve. She ranks fourth in the WNBA in rebounding (8.9 rpg), fifth in scoring (19.4 ppg) and sixth in blocks (1.5 bpg).

In addition to Bird, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi, Los Angeles forward Candace Parker, Minnesota guard Maya forward and Minnesota center Sylvia Fowles will start for the West.

The Eastern Conference All-Stars is comprised of starters Atlanta guard Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut guard Jasmine Thomas, Washington forward Elena Delle Donne, New York forward Tina Charles and Connecticut center Jonquel Jones.

The East reserves are Chicago guard Allie Quigley, Atlanta guard Layshia Clarendon, Connecticut forward Alyssa Thomas, Indiana forward Candice Dupree, Atlanta center Elizabeth Williams and Chicago center Stefanie Dolson,

 Griner (ankle, knee) and Delle Donne (ankle) will not play in the All-Star due to injuries. All-Star replacement will be named by WNBA President Lisa Borders on Wednesday.
Storm guard Jewell Loyd remains in contention to make her first All-Star Game appearance. She ranks 11th in the league with a 16.9 scoring average and finished fifth among Western Conference guards in the all-star balloting.

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